Mistyped URLs Will Soon Get A Warning In Chrome

At one point or another, everybody has done it.  You open a browser and type in the URL of a site you visit frequently.  In doing so, your finger slips and you mistype it.  Sometimes, nothing comes of it except that you get an error message. Knowing that, increasing numbers of hackers have gotten into the habit of buying up …

In App Subscriptions Getting Crackdown From Apple

One of the unfortunate truths about apps is that many developers use deceptive practices to try and confuse consumers. They try to mislead them about how much custom features cost and when in-app purchases occur. Many attempt to hide or obfuscate the particulars of subscription details. The thinking here is pretty simple:  First of all, a customer might not notice …

Popular Media Applications Will Be Discontinued From Windows 7

Despite that there are still a shocking number of Windows 7 users spread around the world, Microsoft has kept with its previously published end of support schedule, and is no longer supporting the venerable product. The company has also begun quietly pulling the plug on applications that were central to the Windows 7 user experience, including (according to updated support …

Hackers Are Hiding Code In Images To Fool Mac Users

In the world of hacking, steganography ranks as one of the most difficult methodologies to detect. If you’re not familiar with the term, it is the practice of embedding executable code inside images, which makes it virtually impossible to detect. The reason is simple:  Virus scanners are built around the idea of searching for text strings with identifiable malicious characteristics …

Digital Movie Service UltraViolet Is Shutting Down

On paper, UltraViolet seemed like a great idea.  It was (and still is, for the moment) a service that stored your license information for various digital media you purchased. You could buy a movie from Amazon Prime, buy something else from some other online vendor, and watch them on any number of devices without having to log into individual services. …

Download Your Data From Google Plus Before It Gets Deleted

Google has kept no secret of their plan to eventually put an end to their social media experiment, Google+.  In case you haven’t been keeping abreast of the company’s announcements where the service is concerned, be aware that it will be shutting down on April 2nd of 2019. The closer we’ve gotten to that deadline, the more details we’ve gotten …

Chrome And Firefox Should Be Updated To Stay Secure

The first browser update of 2019 is officially out. Both Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers are getting a raft of security fixes that will help make Mac, Linux and Windows users safer and more secure. The latest build of Chrome addresses nearly sixty CVE-level flaws, seventeen of which are rated as being “high” severity, and one rated as ‘critical.’ …

Security Issue Causes Apple To Disable Group Facetime Temporarily

Apple’s latest iOS release contained a feature that wowed and excited its massive user base.  Group FaceTime.  It was heralded as ‘the next Big Thing’ in the Apple ecosystem. Unfortunately, there are problems, and the company has been forced to temporarily disable the feature while they wrestle with a major security flaw. A bug in the code allows anyone to …

Google Is Rolling Out New Features For Gmail Users 

Google has recently announced a trio of new features for Gmail users that are going into place immediately, and may in fact be available for use by the time you read this article.  Here are the details: One of the first things you’ll notice is a new strikethrough button, visible when you’re composing.  You’ll find it on the right-hand side …

Google Hangouts Will Close And Transfer To Hangouts Chat

This is just a reminder for anyone using Google Hangouts. The company is moving forward with its plans to discontinue the service, starting with GSuite users and then later moving to the broader consumer shutdown. If your company is currently making use of the messaging app for communications and you haven’t begun making plans to transition to something else, the …